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Helvella elastica
brown elfin saddle, slender-stalked Helvella, smooth-stalked Helvella, flexible lorchel

Distribution: H. elastica occurs in summer and fall in both conifer and hardwood forests.

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Identification Notes:

Helvella elastica typically has a saddle to broadly bell-shaped cap with the lower lobes frequently turned down toward the stipe and sometimes fused with it. The upper cap surface is buff to brown, sometimes with a violet tint, and the underside is whitish and hairless. The stipe is slender, hollow, equal or tapered upward, cream to pale buff.

Accepted Name:
Helvella elastica Bull.: Fr.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Helvella elastica in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

CalPhotos: Helvella elastica photos

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